Shor injir yu Shimbun - centre d`arts martiaux Larry Foisy



Shor injir yu Shimbun - centre d`arts martiaux Larry Foisy
Volume 16, Issue 14
Winter 2007
The Shorinjiryu Shinzen Kyokai
•A Gathering of the Shorinjiryu Family
•Largest Group of Shorinjiryu Practioneers Worldwide
Shorinjiryu Shinzen Kyokai
Shorinjiryu Shimbun
•Exchanging, Knowledge, Spirit & Friendship
Kenkokan Karate 1960s to1970s
by John A. Mirrione, Kyoshi
I have already written a little
about my time spent training in
Brooklyn, New York, with my
first Shorinjiryu Sensei, Minuro
Morita, who was a senior student
of Kaiso Kori Hisataka. Sensei
Morita is currently living in Japan.
My second teacher was Tamon
Kashimoto the youngest of all the
original Japanese sensei to come
to the United States in the early
1960s. A 2nd degree black belt
in his early 20s, he was the first
to separate from the Kenkokan
school. In 1972 he formed the
Shorinjiryu Nanzen Kai, eliminating the use of Bogu and moving
towards a semi to full contact
system of karate.
Some notable students of that
era who I had the honor to train
with were Hanshi Myron Lubitsch,
currently President of the Shorinjiryu Shinzen Kyokai, Walter Geckelman ( First American to attain
the Black Belt in Shorinjiryu), Gil
Berzen, Sam Reese, Tom Pitera,
Rubin Torres, Eric Deravin Sr. and
Jr., Joe and George Young and
Noel Casabona. All of the aforementioned studied with either
Sensei Morita or Kashimoto or
both. Hanshi Myron Lubitsch and I
first met while training with Sensei
After Sensei Morita left the
Brooklyn, New York location,
Sensei Kashimoto took over for
a short time. He already had a
well established dojo in Staten
Island and would divide his time
between the two schools. Eventually he handed over the Brooklyn
school to a Goju karate teacher
At this time I was unable to
follow Sensei Kashimoto due
to lack of transportation so I
enrolled in a Kempo school that
was within walking distance to
where I lived. After a few months
of training Myron Lubitsch came
to watch the class. He met with
me afterwards and asked me to
try and find a way to get to Staten
Island for training. I bought a 1962
Chevy for $100 and headed out
to the Staten Island dojo where
I was warmly welcomed. Senpai
Lubitsch, Sam Reese and Eric
Deravin Sr. were quick to help me
get back on track with my kata
and kumite. It is important to
mention that if it were not for the
efforts of Hanshi Lubitsch I would
not have found my way back into
Shorinjiryu nor would I still continue to learn, train and compete
in it today, four decades later.
Training at the Dojo
The training at Sensei Kashimoto’s dojo was very tough and the
turnover was evidence of this.
Classes were held almost every
day of the week and were well
attended. The dojo was large
enough to accommodate 20
students at a time. In the summer
we had no air conditioning or
windows to open. Sensei would
set up a box fan by an open
door so as to blow in the humid,
hot air from the outside. In the
winter there was only the heat
of our bodies to keep us warm.
We had an old canvas heavy bag
and three broken makiwara. The
wooden floors were installed
by the students. The nails always
popped up during training. Sensei
used to hit down the nails with
his sai usually after someone
stepped on one. Each class lasted
1 ½ hours and if it was the last
class of the evening it lasted
longer. There was no talking,
drinking water or asking questions during class. The training
went on uninterrupted with
no one permitted to leave the
session for any reason including
going to the bathroom. Sensei
never made us do anything he
continued on page
Inside This Issue
Shiai Readiness Recipe
A Greeting to the Shorinjiryu Family
From the Desk of the Vice President
Season’s Greetings
21st Shinzen Shiai
An Interesting Idea
Sunshine News & Congratulations
From the Desk of the President
Page Shorinjiryu Shimbun
From the Desk of the President
by Myron M. Lubitsch, Hanshi
Incredible, it is
time to put the
2007 Shimbun to
bed and look ahead
to 2008. In the
past year, the lines
of communication
continued to be
proven invaluable.
A greater number
of students who
never attended any of our
sanctioned events especially
the 21st International Shinzen
Shiai had the opportunity to
spend the event with members of the Shorinjiryu Karate
family. Much of the feedback
clearly indicated that they
were pleasantly surprised and
happy to have attended. We
were certainly happy to have
them here. The Shindo Budo
Kwai International, the Island
Budokan Bogujutsu, and the
other member events proved
successful. We are very happy
for Michel Laurin, Kyoshi in his
acting career and for Shunji
Watanabe, Hanshi in being
asked to be in a movie.
Allow me this time as we
put the final Shimbun of
2007 to bed, I want to thank
all those contributed to the
success of this publication, all
those instructors who support
the Shinzen Kyokai, the students who are the future and
the parent volunteers who are
the unsung heroes.
Thank you, each and every
I wish each and every one
of you a great New Year filled
with good health, happiness
and great practices.
From the Desk of the Vice President
by Dan Hayes, Shihan
The following letter
was sent to Shihan
Daniel Hayes of
Shorinjiryu Kenkukai,
the current Senior
Vice President of the
Hey Sensei,
Bare with me on this and
you will see where I’m going....
So I have been reading this
book about the first female
captain in an upscale NYC
restaurant, Thomas Keller’s
per se. In this one part of
the book I read last night the
restaurant gets a review. In
that review they talk about
how amazing the food is and
how beautiful the decor is,
but they say the service is
“ghostly” and robotic. She
becomes confused thinking
she is doing her job by the
book and is following all the
directions as were given, yet
the reviewer is not satisfied. “
It seemed that, in the months
of learning how to walk and
talk and correctly place a glass
on a table, we had forgotten
the point of good service. It
was like a man learning to
waltz, muttering “one, two,
three, one, two, three” under
his breath and staring at his
feet. Only when he stopped
thinking and started feeling the
beat, his partner’s hand, the
slight weight of her arm on his
- would he begin to dance.” I
started to think that’s how I
am with my karate, I will only
be great when I stop thinking
about where my hands and
feet are and start to just feel
my body move. I know the
train of thought is strange but
it opened my eyes to what I
believe is my major downfall
with my karate. Just wanted
to share it with you =). Hope
you don’t think I’m crazy now
ha ha
Volume 16, Issue 14
Page The 21st International Shorinjiryu Shinzen Shiai
The 21st International Shorinjiryu Shinzen Shiai honored
the 6oth year of the founding
of the first Shorinjiryu Kenko-
kan Dojo founded by Shinan
Kori Hisataka.
Page Shorinjiryu Shimbun
Kenkokan Karate 1960s to1970s
by John A. Mirrione, Kyoshi
continued from first page
did not do himself. At approximately120lbs and 5ft 6in tall
Sensei Kashimoto would jump
over a wooden folding chair
and hit the heavy bag bending it in half. He would also
practice his kicking technique
by standing 2 feet in front of
a wall and kicking straight up
without touching the wall with
his foot. He required that his
students train to accomplish
these very same fetes. We
pounded the makiwara with
both our feet and hands. All
three boards were broken
vertically so when hitting
them with hand techniques
you had to be especially careful not to catch your skin in
between the wood where it
separated. We developed calluses on our knuckles as well
as on our feet. When doing
sit ups you had to pound the
floor hard so the count could
be heard. We engaged in races
on all fours, with fists closed,
around the dojo floor. Three
finger push ups were followed
by knuckle pushups. Shiai was
often practiced with someone on your shoulders. The
bottom person did the kicking
and escapes and the person
on the top would do hand
techniques and grabs for a
throw. Our kicking drills were
performed in this manner also.
Many would stop training due
to injury, however, most stayed
because we loved it. It was
not uncommon to see broken
bones, sprains, cuts, blisters
etc. Training with the old type
fiberglass kendo armor was
the highlight of each class. We
hit them as though hitting the
makiwara with as much power
as we could muster without
injuring ourselves. On Thursday evening, Sensei would conduct special sessions on shiai
that would last for hours.Very
few students would show up
for this class although to progress in Kenkokan style this
class was essential. In spite of
all of this type of training no
one dared to complain. We all
wore our injuries like badges
of honor. After class a group
of us would go out for cold
drinks and some food. Hanshi
Myron and I would often lead
the way. We would talk about
our practice sessions and
what was learned.
Shorinjiryu Tournament
Special guest instructors
would sometimes show up
at our dojo to train such as
Shorinjiryu Sensei Yamazaki,
Monjiyama and Ishino, just to
name a few. The real treats
came when Kashimoto hosted
a tournament. At our tournaments in a Jewish Temple,
on Staten Island, New York,
guest instructors included
Hanshi Masayuki Hisataka and
the senior instructors of the
World Kyokushinkai Karate,
Tadashi Nakamura and Shigeru
Oyama. Another friend of
Sensei Kashimoto was Sensei
Miyasaki of the Shotokai. We
would later come to compete at outside tournaments
hosted or attended by some
of these very high ranking
sensei. Sensei Kashimoto
made sure that we got plenty
of experience with tournament competition. He would
hold those events at least
every 3 months. We would do
demonstrations and compete
in kata and shiai. Black Belts all
had to judge with rules that
were vague and left to the
judges in each ring to modify
as they saw fit. Contact to
the Bogu was hard and fouls
were rarely called. We often
had the local newspaper there
to take pictures and write
about our event. Sensei loved
to do spectacular demonstrations sometimes with a
sharp katana. Black Belts had
to demonstrate mandatory
board breaking.
Open Competition
In the early 70s, Sensei took
us to an open competition
in the 63rd Street YMCA in
Manhattan. We competed
against the Shotokan, Goju
and Kyokushinkai students.
Sensei had trained us to fight
without armor in preparation
for this event. It was contact
with rules only the sensei
knew. Prior to the beginning
of the event, we witnessed a
dazzling sword demonstration by Shihan Nakamura and
Oyama of the World Kyokushinkai Organization. After kata
competition we lined up for
shiai. I was paired off with a
Shotokan student of Sensei
Miyasaki. In the first round
of fighting we all won. In the
second round it became a
blood bath. Everyone there
was fighting for the honor of
their school. As a brown belt,
I fought with green and black
belts. Rank had no privilege.
The end result was that we
gained the respect of all the
students and sensei. Instilled
in us was the warrior spirit.
We had to uphold the honor
of our teachers and those
who came before us. Losing
was not an option. An interesting foot note is that many
years later while shopping in
a martial arts store in came
Sensei Miyasaki. Everyone
in the store bowed to him
except me because I had not
seen him enter. One of the
shoppers pointed which made
me aware of his presence and
I immediately turned around
continued on page
Volume 16, Issue 14
Page Kenkokan Karate 1960s to1970s
by John A. Mirrione, Kyoshi
continued from page
and bowed. He looked at me
and announced that I was
trained well by Sensei Kashimoto. Until this day I look
back fondly on this compliment knowing that he complimented our school not me.
The store owner asked me
how I knew the Master and I
told him that I did not. It was
that Sensei Miyasaki judged my
first match at a tournament
in Manhattan years before.
From that day forward the
store owner treated me very
The one subject that I have
not covered in any of my previous articles was the treatment of injuries. Our sensei
were tough on us. We were
the first generation of students and we had to be prepared to take Shorinjiryu into
the 1970s and beyond. It was
not uncommon to see broken
bones, dislocated toes and fingers and water in the knuckles. In our shiai there were
no half points awarded, only
an ippon won the fight when
striking the kendo armor hard
enough to echo the sound
throughout the dojo. There
was no dojo insurance or
lawsuits to be concerned with
just fight and we will take care
of your injuries. Of course,
there was never a complaint
about an injury, or would we
show our pain. Usually sensei
would just know you were
injured and tended to it. I saw
many bones set, fingers and
toes pulled back into place.
If you were hit in the groin,
they fixed it so you were up
on your feet in minutes. I had
water in my knuckle removed
and it healed in a few days.
My toes were reset and my
fingers realigned. Hanshi
Lubitsch was also a casualty of
some big hurt. On more than
one occasion he was forced
to stop training to allow
himself to heal. The old bogu
were quite an experience
especially if you were new to
Kenkokan Karate and did not
know how to score an ippon
without injury. Things were
not different in any of the
other Kenkokan Dojo. Today
living and training in Florida
both Shihan Fred Marcus and
I often share stories of our
training in the 1960s. He was
a student of Shorinjiryu under
Sensei Hisanobu Yamazaki and
Morita of the Queens dojo
and in later years went on to
be a top student of Hanshi
Watanabe. Inter-dojo competition brought together all the
Shorinjiryu schools of that era
where respect and courtesy
were a part of everything we
did. In time we learned the
first aid techniques, however, I
can tell you that I rarely perform any of these techniques
on my students today. At the
tournaments today we have
EMS technicians and concern
for lawsuits.
What we did not know at the
time was that in Japan Shinan
Kori Hisataka was planning on
giving over the responsibilities
of running his organization to
his son. Additionally, what we
did not know was that Sensei
Kashimoto was also training
and preparing us for a transition of our own.
Editor’s note: this photo was insured for general interest showing the
then Sensei Myron in 1977 with Kashimoto, Shihan.
Page Shorinjiryu Shimbun
An Interesting Idea
by Brian Aarons, Hanshi
Greetings from Shorinjiryu
Kenkokan Kudaka Karate-do.
On behalf of our group I’d
like to wish each and every
one a great holiday season and
hope for a happy and successful 2008.
I’d like to comment upon an
idea that is personal and will
only appeal to the more senior
of us in Shorinjiryu. I reached
my 65th this past August and
the wear and tear on my body
had been showing for the past
5 years or so; to the extent
that I would barely go to
class or tournaments because
invariably I would pull, tear or
strain something that would
take months to heal, if ever.
Nevertheless, I realized that
I was separating myself from
my passion and obsession; so
I returned to class and simply
toned downed my workouts
and worked at my own pace.
I found this to be excellent
because I feel as bona-fide
leader of my tribe or clan
again. It led me to thinking that
even in the beginning when
one joins Shorinjiryu, ones
personal goals should be taken
into consideration.
It follows that as teachers
and fellow karate-ka we must
be tolerant of each individual’s
pace and development - something to think about as we do
this Shorinjiryu journey with
fellow travelers.
As a challenge for 2008,
here’s an idea to get you
working upon some item of
learning that may have been
frustrating you, let’s call it that
THING. The idea is to model
someone who is doing that
THING excellently and incorporate it at an unconscious
level.You can even put the idea
onto tape and play it back on a
regular basis.
1 Think of that THING you
want to possess as part of
your persona.
2 Think of someone that
does this THING most
3 Imagine you are in a movie
theatre watching that
person do that THING to
Sense visually, auditorily
and kinaesthetically all the
components of that THING.
(You can even model an
4 Watch the movie again and
pick up the nuances such as
head movements, shifting,
etc. Imagine the thought
patterns and attitudes that
are going through the mind
of this model.
5 Imagine the entire aura of
this model and encapsulate it into the fist of your
dominant hand with the
thumb inside the fist.
6 Now put yourself into
another movie with your
own talents, abilities and
aura. Encapsulate this image
into your other fist with
the thumb inside.
7 Now run the movie with
yourself replacing the
model. As you watch the
movie in totality bring the
dominant fist over the nondominant, open them and
clasp them together. Allow
your imagination to absorb
this new talent or skill. Then
see yourself performing
or doing that THING and
absorb the accompanying
feel of pride and satisfaction
that accompanies it.
8 Test and put it out into reality and perhaps have one
or more of your peers rate
your performance.
This idea is something I’ve
done for myself on certain
things and have found it to be
excellent. It is based on NLP
which stands for neurolinguistic programming whose
theory is that everybody’s
view of reality is based upon
visual, auditory, kinesthetic
and olfactory components.
It was founded around 1972
by Bandler, Grinder et al. and
was based upon the works of
Milton H. Erickson, a psychiatrist who perfected hypnotherapy,Virginia Satir, a family
counselor and Fritz Perls, the
founder of Gestalt Therapy.
Makes for interesting
reading. Let me know how it
works. [email protected]
Volume 16, Issue 14
Page Sunshine News & Congratulations
A small team from the
Seiryukan Dojo of Shorinjiryu Kenyukai Watanabe Ha
Australia recently competed
in the Queensland Koshiki
State Championships and all
performed well. The attached
photo shows, from left, Shodan
Amanda Bugden (2nd in Kata
and Shiai), John McDonnell
(performed his best Kata and
fought with courage), Mitch-
ell Nunn (Ist place Shiai and
nice Kata), Joshua Nunn (2nd
place Shiai and nice Kata), Dee
Foster (Ist place Shiai and 2nd
place Kata). Not in the photo
is Luke Burrell who performed
a nice Kata and fought well on
the day. Congratulations to all,
they did Shorinjiryu proud.
Best Regards,
Jim Griffin, Shihan
A Grand Re-Openning
We are very pleased to
announce that Shihan Tom
Bellazzi of Shorinjiryu Kudaka
Karate has re-opened the Ken
Sei Kai Martial Arts Academy
in Lancaster, Ontario. It is
always a great bit of news to
hear that Shorinjiryu continues to grow. We wish Shihan
Tom all the best with his dojo.
If you wish further information about the dojo please
contact Shihan Tom at
613 347 7791 or [email protected]
karate club, the Hachikenkai Dojo housed in the St.
Benedict’s Preparatory School,
Newark, NJ. We wish Shodan
Marc the best of wishes for a
successful endeavor.
The Hachikenkai Dojo
We are very pleased to announce that Shodan Marc
Riley of Shorinjiryu Kenryukan
Karate has opened a new
Page Shorinjiryu Shimbun
Shiai Readiness Recipe
by Larry Foisy, Sensei
Many fighters often recognize
that their first battle in competition is the most difficult.
This is mainly due to the fact
that it takes a few moments
for the athlete to achieve their
peak performance. These moments are sometimes a large
part of the shiai time (2 to 3
minutes), and can thus result
in defeat. This is not due to
the athlete’s lack of capacity,
but to the fact that he wasn’t
at his best from the start of
the fight.
A fighter should never begin
his preparation when he hears
“hajime”, but days, weeks
and even months before the
tournament. But what preparation could be accomplished
during the last minutes before
entering the combat area? The
present article will summarise
a structured approach based
on tested scientific methods
and my personal experience
gained at dozens of major
tournaments and from numerous trainings with the Canadian team of the world Koshiki
championship 2007 under the
supervision of Shinan Donivan.
This procedural method is
based on three fundamental
aspects in order to attain your
maximum performance from
the very beginning of the fight
These fundamental aspects are
physical, neuropsychological
and psychological.
Since the competitors are
rarely given the opportunity
to be assisted by their coach
during preparation and at the
start of the fight, this method
is then used at the athlete’s
autonomy. This is in accordance with the new trend in
coaching named decision training1. Many athletes intuitively
perform some of the following steps such as a warm up,
stretching, striking on a body
protector, and so on. What
will be presented here, can
be learned and applied, for
all levels of competitors, in a
systematic manner, in order to
be ready for the fight.
1) Physical
The preparation of the
body is essential to
stimulate the muscles, the
circulatory system, and, the
A)The increase in heart rate
The increased cardiac
rhythm augments the blood
flow. This warms up the
muscles, lubricates the
joints and stimulates the
brain before the fight.
The preparation is to accomplish rotations of the
major joints to augment fluidity and to reduce the risk
of injuries. I suggest starting
from the head and working your way down to the
feet. Principally you should
rotate the neck, shoulders,
wrists, hips, knees, ankles
and anything else depending
on your needs.
C) Stretching
Stretching should be done
slowly and progressively.
You should focus on the
arms and legs. I especially
emphasise on leg flexibility
since they are often sought
to rise relatively high and
may be problematic to
D)Shadow boxing
Now that the body is
warmed up, I suggest a
slight practice of fighting
techniques with an imaginary opponent and a revision of your best combinations. This concludes the
physical aspects.
2) Neuropsychological
The second stage involves
the athlete’s neuropsychological acuity to adjust your
perception and awakens
your reflexes. The goal is to
freshly revise your striking distance that would
reach your opponent and
to reduce reaction time in
response to any stimulus.
Sometimes the difference
between two great fighters
is in the range of a few millimetres, and this distance
determines whether you
reach your opponent.
That’s why it’s important to
have your distance freshly
in mind. To adjust your
perceptions it is advisable
to use a person or a fixed
object like a wall as a target.
It should be noted, for
Koshiki combatants who
wear a bubble helmet, to
do this exercise wearing
it because it will influence
your perception of distance.
In this context, neurotransmission or reflexes is the
reaction time preceding a
stimulus and to physically
react appropriately. This
section is designed to let
you react according to the
attacks of your opponent,
so it is preferable to have
fresh solutions in mind to
block, deflect or dodge
techniques.You should
practice with someone who
performs certain attacks.
Practice smoothly instead
of forcefully so to avoid getting hurt before you start.
If you are alone, imagine an
opponent from which you
could defend yourself.
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Page Shiai Readiness Recipe
by Larry Foisy, Sensei
continued from page
C)Timing execution
A spontaneous reaction
resulting from an attack
needs for the athlete to be
alert and immediately preemptively counterattack the
adversary when necessary.
Achieving a spontaneous
response to an opponent
requires a quick mind and
quick body; hence, the essential interest here is to
awaken the senses. To accomplish this using a partner, let him move or attack
as a stimulus, and the defending person must react
immediately by attacking.
Distance is crucial. This can
also be practice alone by
visualizing and counterattacking an opponent similar
to shadow boxing. Let us
move on to the completely
mental aspects of preparation.
3) Psychological
The techniques of two high
level fighters are often too
similar to differentiate the
capacities of the two fighters. In this case, the psychological aspect is often the
deciding factor.
This step aims to refocus
the athlete; to let him relax
and to deal with the stress-
es of the tournament. This
stress can help readiness,
but only if well managed.
It can differ greatly from
person to person. In most
cases, breathing exercises
are predominant and highly
effective. Temporary isolation may also be a factor
helping relaxation prior to
B)Preliminary Strategy
Entering the combat area
without a strategy can be a
large handicap. It is important to notice influential
elements such as the referee, the environment (i.e.
if there are mats or not),
the rules, your strengths,
the size of “shiaï-jo”, and
anything else. All of these
can easily influence the
outcome of the battle.
Focus is recommended
during the last moments
before entering the battle
area. Now is the time to
clear your mind of any unnecessary thoughts and to
concentrate on the present
moment. So literally detach
yourself from any outside
distractions such as spectators, coaches, and fighters.
And, it is now the moment
where you have reached
your peak of performance
as a fighter. “Shobu Ippon
The fighting in competition
represents a roller coaster of
physical readiness. Either you
are at your peak then slowing
down during your recovery to
normal then returning higher
again and so forth. The recipe
included here is systematic
exercises to encompass
every aspect of preparation
and shouldn’t be overlooked
before a fight. If you want
to reach the finals, you must
begin by winning your first and
subsequent fights, and during
each of these, you should be at
your maximum readiness. The
preparation of both physical
and mental aspects is essential to prevent injury and to
be ready from the very start
of the battle. This preparation must be accomplished in
approximately 5-10 minutes,
and if used well, my method
will prepare you to reach your
optimum performance.
1. Decision Traning: A New
Approach To Coaching Dr.
J.N.Vickers (CABC; ISBN:
Page 10
Shorinjiryu Shimbun
A Greeting to the Shorinjiryu Family
The following is a reprinted
article from the 2006 Shinzen
Shiai Brochure
Dear Kyoshi, Shihans, Senseis,
Participants and Visitors,
Let me welcome you all
to the very important 20th
anniversary tournament for
the Shinzen Kyokai. Like all
anniversaries, this one is of
particular importance as it
represents the enormous
amount of work put in over
the years by many of the
members involved in the
Shinzen Kyokai organization.
And, so as a first order of
business join me in thanking
those many members and
participants for their individual
and collective effort.
There is a rule of mathematics called the rule of additive
numbers that says, no matter
how small a number is and
no matter how small another
number is when you add the
two together you inevitably
get a larger number.
This rule has a lot of implications for the Shinzen Kyokai
as well as for ourselves in
our own daily lives. Firstly, the
Shinzen Kyokai was founded
based on the underlying truth
of this mathematical rule.
Essentially, Kyoshi Lubitsch
believed that if everyone in the
larger Shorinjiryu family came
together and each contributed
something of themselves, no
matter how small, then the
end product adding up all
those contributions would be
large. This was an insight and
universal truth Kyoshi Lubitsch
gleaned from the masters of
numbers and logic and put
into his Budo practice for the
benefit of us all.
In our daily lives we have
many conflicting obligations
that pull us each and every
way: parents, children, work,
school and extra-curricular
activities, to name only a few,
with so much we can feel that
our disconnected efforts in
the end do not produce as
much as we would have hoped.
This is when we must keep in
mind the rule of additive numbers, or as I like to rename it,
the rule of additive effort.
The rule of additive effort
works in the same way as
the mathematical rule and
shows us that no matter how
small an effort that is made, it
will help to build up a larger
product or end result. Addin a host of other people all
contributing their own individual efforts and you obtain a
much larger end product. And,
thus we have the present day
Shinzen Kyokai organization.
In particular to the martial
arts, Kyoshi Lubitsch’s example
is all important. Through his
effort, along with the other
members of the Shinzen
Kyokai, students of all ages
are reminded that when life
takes on a lot of obligation
and there seems to be not
enough time for Budo training,
we must remember that every
small effort counts. If you only
have 20 minutes for training then train for 20 minutes,
since it will inevitable have a
positive and additive effect on
your overall studies.
Moreover, in life when
we feel that our efforts or
perhaps our greater concerns,
such as environmentalism,
are not being heard we must
remember that great change
can come from many people
all completing seemingly small,
independent and unrelated
efforts. An often quoted example is that of a group of small
butterflies who on one side of
the world flapping their wings
create a hurricane on the
other. This visual example is a
powerful way to understand
the rule of additive effort.
And so as we look forward
toward another 20 years at
the Shinzen Kyokai, I hope that
you remember the mathematically proven rule of additive
effort that was the inspiration
for Kyoshi Lubitsch both for
your life and for your Budo
training. Together we can
create hurricanes simple by
flapping our wings.
With the kindest regards,
Jim Henderson,
Volume 16, Issue 14
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Season’s Greetings
Have a great holiday and plan
your practice/study effectively.
Be thankful for what you have
and share what matters to
you! Hope to see everyone
ready to show the great spirit
that is Shorinjiryu at the next
in house!
Arigato Gozaimashita for a
thought provoking and positive
Dan Hayes, Shihan
I would like to wish all students and teachers of
Shorinjiryu Seasons Greetings
and a Happy New Year.
John A. Mirrione, Kyoshi
I would like to take this
opportunity to wish Happy
Holidays to the Shorinjiryu
family. 2007 was a successful
year for Shorinjiryu. We can all
see the style we love growing
every year. I’m sure 2008 will
be no exception. We should all
keep setting bigger goals for
ourselves, and for Shorinjiryu.
Keep dreaming, dreams come
true! I wish you all a wonderful year to come.
Take care. Best,
Michel Laurin, Kyoshi
Shorinjiryu Shinzen Kyokai
Members! Season’s Greetings
One and All !
“Is it the end of another year
already, or the beginning of
For some, the holiday season
is a time to honour religious
festivities, the spirit of Christmas or Chanukah. For others,
it is a time to rekindle family
traditions or create new ones.
For some it will be a time to
reflect on the achievements
of the past year, and hopes for
the New Year. For others it will
be a break from the everyday
work schedule. Whatever
ways you choose to spend the
gift of time that comes with
the holiday season, I wish you
good health, the joy and the
comfort of moments with
family and friends. May you and
all your families have a joyful
and safe holiday and may the
peace of this time of year be
within all your households.
One thing I would like to
share with you, more than a
story, a metaphor for what I
see as a stylist of Shorinjiryu
Karatedo. It’s the story and
/ or character of our newest
family member, LUCY. She’s a
beautiful Airedale Pup. Why or
how is this related to Shorinjiryu Karatedo, you might
ask? Well, you have to know
Lucy, her character, and her
charm. For me, she embodies
the perfect description of a
Shorinjiryu Karate-ka. This is
a description of Lucy, and her
“Few breeds manage to be
as stylish, noble, protective
and goofy as an Airedale. Once
you’ve owned a good one, the
only thing better is two or
three more.”
Manny Hawthorne, Shihan
I do wish everyone a happy
holiday, and a happy new year.
Doug Roberts, Hanshi
A very happy holiday and a
great new year to all my fellow karate-ka, their family and
Brian Berenbach, Shihan
Merry Christmas, Happy
Holidays, Happy New Year, we
hope 2008 is everything you
want it to be.
Jim Griffin, Shihan
Greetings from Shorinjiryu
Kenkokan Kudaka Karate-do.
On behalf of our group I’d
like to wish each and every
one a great holiday season and
hope for a happy and successful 2008.
Happy Holidays and remember to keep kicking in the
New Year.
Big Al Gonzalez, Renshi
May in your life fortune pass
everywhere, and to everyone
may your fortune pass.
Richard Alecia, Sensei
Happy Holidays to everyone. I
wish to all a safe and prosperous New Year. May you achieve
all your karate goals and then
Troy E. Lester, Shihan
Shorinjiryu Ake no Myojo
Budo wishes all the Shorinjiryu family the best for the
holiday season. May you have
good health, good fortune, and
great practices throughout the
coming year.
Pete Hiltz, Renshi
It’s good to back for the New
Year and I wish everyone a
great year.
Nazir Khan, Shodan
May your lives be full of joy
and love and support of family
and friends.
Doro Konate, Nidan
Welcome to the New Year’s
Mark Lester, Tashi
Osu, I would like to wish
everyone a happy New Year
and continued success in your
training in Shorinjiryu. The
continued strength of Shorinjiryu rests on the karatekas
spirit in training and willingness to contribute to their
dojos. This new year every
karateka should strive to
make themselves and their
dojos stronger than last.
James Anderson, Shodan
Shorinjiryu Shinzen Kyokai
P.O. Box 210160
Woodhaven, NY 11421
Phone: 718/647-4157
Email: [email protected]
Visit us on the web:
Myron, M. Lubitsch, Kyoshi
Dan Hayes, Shihan
Brian Berenbach, Renshi
Season’s Greetings (continued)
Another year is coming to an
end and it is time to reflect
on the postive and learn from.
To all the Dojo Instructors
and their Assistant Instructors in Shorinjiryu who have
worked with the beginners
and intermediate and advanced students, assisted with
daily dojo operations, manned
the desk, and organized/
in tournaments, thank you for
your support, contribution
and service to your respective Chief Instructor. To both
Black Belts and the coloured
Kyu level students, without
your strength, integrity and
compassion for Shorinjiryu
Karatedo, it would surely
fade and disappear. And last
but not least: I acknowledge
the parents who support
their children to practice
Shorinjiryu Karatedo, and the
volunteers who may not be
practitioners but are as present as the dojo itself; always
there to do what is necessary.
The Shorinjiryu Karatedo
organizations have a circle of
champions and I wish you a
very Merry Christmas, or if
you do not celebrate Christmas, a Happy Holiday Season!
And God Bless Our Troops!
Allen Yuen, Sensei
At the threshold of the New
Year, I wish you peace, joy and
a very healthy training regiment. But more importantly
in 2008, I would like you to
display joy and kindness to
your friends, family, and fellow
karateka. Be the example in
your communities and dojo.
Vincent Capers, Jr., Shihan
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Vincent Capers, Jr., Shihan
Web Master
Peter Hiltz, Renshi
Unless otherwise stated, all articles in this document reflect the author’s opinion. Inclusion in the Shinzen
Shimbun does not necessarily constitute endorsement by the Shinzen Kyokai or any of its affiliates.
Shorinjiryu Shinzen Kyokai
Shorinjiryu Shimbun
Winter 2007